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1st XV - Match centre

S Thornber
J Dickinson
J Dickinson
Sat 15 Sep 15:00 - Lancashire County RU Leagues - ADM First Division Full time

No Awayday Returns for Maroons


Reverse at Bury

And so to Bury for the 1st XV's first away outing of the season. After last weeks cobweb blowing exercise an improved performance was a minimum requirement.

In some parts they delivered on this; the work rate was vastly improved, the tight set-piece play was solid enough and the young guns in the back showed flashes of promise when they had the all too rare opportunities. All very creditable .
The good thing is, the problems in ball retention, communication and general sharpness will come and is eminently fixable with the right amount of application.

The injury and unavailability list is already problematic for the 1st team Captain Will Dickenson – who was sidelined for this one with a calf problem. Then loosing Matthew Furbush and James Pate in the dying minutes of the game will cause further head scratching come selection. Of the two, Furbush looks the longer term absentee with shoulder ligament damage. Cruel luck for the young centre.

Bury V Clitheroe 1sts
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Clitheroe book ended this game with a ten minute period of dominance when they scored all their points. A penalty kick for James Dickinson in the first half and a try from Sam Thornber late in the second.

In between times Clitheroe were mostly under the cosh and to be fair their first up defence was reasonably effective and kept Bury out for long periods. However their profligacy with the ball at times was exasperating and often put themselves under undue pressure of their own making.

Looking at the positives; the afore mentioned trio of Jack Stanley, Joe Wilkinson [so much better than the observing R.Wilkinson Esq] and Dominic Styler showed real promise and with careful handling will be a great asset for the Club.

The returning Lewis Riley, back in the top team after a six year hiatus showed that with a little more match fitness will add to the back row resources. Ben Graves who slipped back into the front row showed plenty of gas and added plenty of power at scrum time.
In at half back, the class that is Joe Weld-Blundell, fresh from the Italian Riviera, glamorous girlfriend in tow, made it all look quite effortless at times.
Lastly, the stand in Skipper – Sam Thornber – led the side well – it's easy to be captain when the team is winning easily, but you find out more about yourself in adversity, and he was fully deserving of his try.

In conclusion , the better side won on the day, so full kudos to Bury. Clitheroe must regroup positively during the week for a tough encounter with Ashton under Lyne at Littlemoor this coming Saturday [3pm]

Key moments

Penalty James Dickinson kicks a penalty for Clitheroe
Try Sam Thornber scores for Clitheroe
Conversion James Dickinson kicks a conversion for Clitheroe

Videos and photos

Bury V Clitheroe 1sts
33 photos
Bury V Clitheroe 1sts


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76:00 Conversion 0 - 10
James Dickinson kicks a conversion for Clitheroe
75:00 Try 0 - 8
Sam Thornber scores for Clitheroe
50:00 Sub On
Richard Edmondson is substituted on for Clitheroe
50:00 Sub Off
Adam Penney is substituted off for Clitheroe
48:00 Sub On
Jarvis Stanton is substituted on for Clitheroe
48:00 Sub Off
Ross Chamberlain is substituted off for Clitheroe
40:00 Sub On
Jack Stanley is substituted on for Clitheroe
40:00 Sub Off
Joe Wilkinson is substituted off for Clitheroe
End of period 1
13:00 Penalty 0 - 3
James Dickinson kicks a penalty for Clitheroe
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Bury
  • Clitheroe
  • 0
  • James Dickinson Penalty 13:00'
  • Jack Stanley Sub On 40:00'
  • Joe Wilkinson Sub Off 40:00'
  • Jarvis Stanton Sub On 48:00'
  • Ross Chamberlain Sub Off 48:00'
  • Richard Edmondson Sub On 50:00'
  • Adam Penney Sub Off 50:00'
  • Sam Thornber Try 75:00'
  • James Dickinson Conversion 76:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
4. Man. Medics 18 57
5. Burnley 18 54
6. North Man. 18 30
7. Bury 18 30
8. Ashton UL 18 29
9. Clitheroe 18 14
10. Eagle 18 12

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